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2021 MINI Convertible

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2021 Cooper 2dr
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Price:   -  From $27,400
2021 Cooper S 2dr Price:   -  From $31,400
2021 John Cooper Works 2dr Price:   -  From $38,400


What's New

The 2021 MINI Convertible returns with few changes. Purists will be glad that the manual transmission is back after a one-year hiatus, and everyone will be glad that prices come down slightly. Otherwise, the only changes are minor feature tweaks and a new Sidewalk special edition.

Choosing Your MINI Convertible

The MINI Convertible comes in the usual three trims: Cooper, Cooper S, and John Cooper Works. Those trims are delineated by the engine, but within each one are three feature levels: Classic, Signature, and Iconic.

Prices start at $28,250 including destination for the base Cooper and extend up to $39,250 for the John Cooper Works (JCW).

Engine Choices

The Convertible’s three trims each get their own engine. The Cooper starts with a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder, while the Cooper S upgrades to a 2.0-liter turbo-four. The JCW gets a more powerful version of the larger engine.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
1.5L Turbo 3-Cylinder134 hp162 lb-ft31 mpg
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder189 hp206 lb-ft29 mpg
2.0L Turbo 4-Cylinder228 hp236 lb-ft28 mpg

For 2021, a six-speed manual transmission rejoins the lineup, and it’s responsible for a $1,000 price drop in the lower two trims. An eight-speed automatic is standard on the John Cooper Works, and a seven-speed version is a $1,250 option on the Cooper and Cooper S. All Convertibles are front-wheel drive.

Cooper S and John Cooper Works models enjoy a substantial power boost over the base Cooper, and the Cooper S can do the 0-60 mph sprint in 6.4 seconds.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The MINI Convertible will seat four people, but don’t expect them all to be comfortable. Second-row passengers must make do with 30.9 inches of leg room, which is small even compared to pint-sized competitors like the Fiat 500 or Honda Fit.

Cargo capacity is even worse. The Convertible has to leave space for the folding soft top, leaving only 5.7 cubic feet in the trunk. But hey, what did you expect? It’s right there in the brand name.

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Safety Features

As part of the BMW family, MINI benefits from strong safety technology. Every model comes with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and rear parking sensors.

The Signature and Iconic equipment groups open up the availability of the Driver Assistance Package ($1,000). This adds adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors, and an automated parking system.


The base Cooper Classic starts with a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, and the system is compatible with Apple CarPlay (sorry, Android users). To get a larger 8.8-inch screen, you’ll need to upgrade all the way to the Iconic feature group.

The Signature is available with the larger touchscreen through the $1,000 Touchscreen Navigation Package, which also includes navigation, voice activation, and a digital instrument cluster.

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Cooper - From $28,250

The Cooper Convertible starts with the basics: the three-cylinder engine, a manual transmission, and the 6.5-inch infotainment system. All the aesthetic charm of a MINI is still there, with 15-inch alloy wheels and Union Jack taillights.

Bumping up to the Signature level costs $4,000 on the Cooper, but it makes the automatic standard (the manual remains a no-cost option). Also included with Signature models are 16-inch wheels, LED lights, heated seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

For the full luxury experience, the Iconic level includes leather upholstery, a larger infotainment screen, 17-inch wheels, power-folding side mirrors, chrome exterior accents, and a Harman Kardon audio system. Adding it costs $8,000.

Cooper S - From $32,250

The Cooper S puts its $4,000 price bump to work under the hood, where the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine adds some extra oomph. Otherwise, the S trim looks just like the Cooper.

Signature and Iconic levels are both available, but they get price increases as well. Jumping to Signature is $4,500, while the Iconic features are $9,000.

The Cooper S is also available in a limited Sidewalk Edition for 2021. It’s partly about aesthetics, with a deep teal exterior and 17-inch wheels, and distinctive hood stripes. Inside, however, the Sidewalk gets the larger infotainment system, leather upholstery, and navigation. It costs an extra $7,000 over the Cooper S Classic.

John Cooper Works - From $39,250

The John Cooper Works Convertible is all about performance, with 228 horsepower and a standard eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. Features are similar to the lower trims, but even the JCW Classic gets 17-inch wheels, sport seats, and LED lights.

As a result, upgrading to the Signature level costs only $1,500, and Iconic – which gets 18-inch wheels on the JCW – only $6,500.

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CarsDirect Tip

As fun as the John Cooper Works is, it’s expensive for such a small car. Every 2021 MINI Convertible is fun to drive, so we’d stick with the Cooper or Cooper S for the best value.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-3 / 134 HP / 162 ft.lbs.
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: 7-spd auto-shift man
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
26 / 37 / 31 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
1.5L I-3 / 134 HP / 162 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
26 / 37 / 31 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
11.6 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
7.6 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
76 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
151.1 "
Exterior Width
68.0 "
Exterior Height
55.7 "
Front Headroom
39.8 "
Rear Headroom
39.0 "
Front Legroom
41.4 "
Rear Legroom
30.9 "
Front Shoulder Room
51.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
39.7 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,895 Lbs.
Wheel Base
98 "
Turning Radius
17.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
15.0 " Silver Aluminum / 16.0 " Silver Aluminum / 16.0 " Black Aluminum / 17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 17.0 " Black Aluminum / 17.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Clearcoat Monotone With Stripe / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Front Body-colored With Black Insert / Front Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround / Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Sensatec Leatherette / Leatherette / Cloth/leatherette / Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way / 8-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
6-way / 8-way
Front Armrests
6-way / 8-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
50-50 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
6 / 12 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver And Passenger
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Automatic Emergency Braking (aeb) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
High Beam Assist Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Rear Park Distance Control Rear / Park Distance Control Automated / Parking Assistant With Front & Rear Pdc Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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